All About the Recovery {#FuelYourBetter}

Disclaimer: As a Fit Approach Ambassador, I received Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator as part of the Fuel Your Better campaign in exchange for an honest review.

I’m slowly making my way back into getting active again, but I know I’m still all about the recovery. I’m working on recovering from this tennis elbow & a back spasm that have plagued me for months, and it’s been great being able to get back to moving and lifting these past couple of weeks. It does, however, feel like I’m starting at day one. Again.

You know what I’m talking about – when you start a new fitness routine, whether it’s those first long runs or the first time you start to move past the 5lb dumbbells, you’re body starts to freak out a bit. Or at least that’s what it feels like. What’s actually happening is when your muscles are working harder than they are used to, they suffer micro ruptures, or tears. You feel the effects of these minor muscle tears the day (or couple of days) after. As your muscles repair, they are able to handle the stress better, and you’re able to increase the load (whether it be more miles or using heavier weights). I’ve been trying to keep that last tidbit in mind, because being wicked sore after my workouts can be discouraging, especially when I’m lifting a fraction of what I was able to do at the start of the year.

I’ve been able to push myself a little more each workout, being careful not to go too heavy or risk any setbacks. If you follow me in Instagram, you’ll find me posting from the gym pretty often. Last week it was the excitement of getting in a heavy leg day last week. For me, it looked a little something like this:

  • Walking Lunges (2 sets of 50 with 10# dumbbells for a total of 100 steps)
  • Leg Extensions (4 sets, increased weight each set)
  • Leg Curls (4 sets, increased weight each set)
  • Wall Sit (to failure, about 2 minutes)
  • Squats (2 sets of 25 on a Bosu Ball holding a 10#, then 25# plate, 2 sets no weight, to failure)
  • 25 minutes on the stairmaster (side steps, donkey kicks, sprints)
  • Roman Chair leg raises (100 reps total)

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And my hammies, and pretty much anything needed to walk. Ha. Thankfully, Vega Sport came to my rescue.

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Vega Sport is a plant-based line of nutritional supplements. I was eager to give their Recovery Accelerator a try.

The first all-natural, plant-based recovery drink mix specifically developed to address all six key elements of post-workout recovery: muscle glycogen replenishment, muscle tissue repair and protein synthesis, hormonal support, soft-tissue repair, immune system support, inflammation reduction and rehydration…Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator also features a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein, a combination shown to increase muscle glycogen re-synthesis – a crucial component of post-workout recovery.

Yup, just what this girl needed. My all-or-nothing issues creep in when I’m feeling better, so I was fully expecting a couple of days of major pain.

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Instead, I cracked open this guy.

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It mixed right up with some cold water and made for a tasty post recovery drink. I had Mr. Running It take a swig to let me know what he thought. He asked if it was a creamsicle flavor. It’s not on the creamy side at all, but it definitely was reminiscent of an orange creamsicle to me, too.

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The real test, question, however, was how well did it live up to my expectations? After drinking it down and  The next day, I was surprised even though I shouldn’t have been at how good my legs felt. I was sore, but not nearly as sore as I usually am. Total win.

I’m learning that denial doesn’t mean my body isn’t aging recovery is a big part of reaching any fitness goals. If my nutrition is off kilter, it affects my training. If I’m not making friends with my foam roller, stretching, and taking the time to rest, I end up with some overuse injury. I appreciate that the Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator helps with the recovery. The faster I can recover, the faster I can keep up the momentum and get after it.

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As always, my honest opinions:

  • This is good stuff, and I’m totally a fan.
  • Mix it with cold water, and give it a good shake. Unless you like the taste of room temperature juice with a side of graininess. I usually mix it up and put it in the fridge so it’s ready to go as soon as I get back from my workout. Ideally, you should have it within 20 minutes post workout (good thing I live 9 minutes away from the gym).
  • With a 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein, it’s the standard ratio for recovery. Depending what your nutritional plan/goals are, it’s worth noting the 15g of sugar (plant based) per serving. Since my elbow and back are limiting what I can do with my upper body, I’ll be keeping Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator for my leg days and long runs when my body takes a real beating.

When it comes to my eating, supplements, and workouts, I am always tweaking and trying out new things that will help my body function better. At 40, I’m learning this body needs all the help it can get. Ha. If you’re still working out what your body needs,go check out the Vega Sport Fuel Your Better Campaign. My guess is you’ll recognize some of the challenges that are holding you back from your better, and I’d encourage you to give their supplements a try!

What’s holding you back from your better? How do you approach recovery or do you just go and go until you crash and burn like me?

 

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Comments

  1. I love the Vega post workout recovery stuff too. Delicious and I have totally noticed it reduces next day soreness. Miracle! LOL xo

  2. Okay, totally funny…I’m reading your post on my iPad and I see a notification that you had just commented on my post. Synchronicity! Also, both our husbands thought it tasted like dreamsicle :-). I love Vega products in general, but I really love the Recovery Accelerator. If you think 40 is tough, wait until 56!

  3. Yup, had mine this morning post run!!! Great stuff!

  4. That’s so true about the “swagger” because every time I get up from my desk at work I feel like people are watching me thinking “oh, she thinks she sooo cool”. Ha!

  5. Loving all things VEGA! My pre-workout energizer is amazing…I am turnign 47 and I am still “tweeking” things :)

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